LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: Chad’s best of 2010

Posted by · 8:56 pm · January 18th, 2011

When it came time to choose a snappy title for my year-end retrospective, the one that seemed to fit best is the one given to all my columns at In Contention this year. Oscar and I have shared a mutual disinterest in what the other feels to be award-worthy for a few years now and […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 2007 and 2008

Posted by · 4:07 pm · January 11th, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Welcome to the final entry in the Life Without Oscar series. Why call it a day with one, possibly two years left to consider? Well, for one thing, we won’t know which films are going to be snubbed from 2010 for another two weeks (although I’ll […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 2005 and 2006

Posted by · 3:11 pm · January 5th, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. We all remember Jack Nicholson’s raised eyebrows as he said the word, “Crash” at the end of the 2005 ceremony. What has to be, objectively, one of the biggest surprises of the last twenty years in the Best Picture category is, subjectively, one of the worst […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 2003 and 2004

Posted by · 9:34 pm · December 28th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 2003 belonged to “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” as it won every single award it was up for, tying the all time record haul of 11 trophies. Few could argue that Peter Jackson had accomplished something unique with the execution of […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 2001 and 2002

Posted by · 7:19 pm · December 21st, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. After being overlooked in 1995, Ron Howard finally got a pat on the back from Oscar in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind,” which was Russell Crowe’s second Best Picture winner in a row. If that wasn’t bad enough, the inaugural Best Animated Feature award went to […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1999 and 2000

Posted by · 7:19 pm · December 14th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. We’ve all heard that 1999 is the best year in movies since 1939 or possibly ever, but it’s hard to defend that statement if you actually believe “American Beauty” is the cream of the crop like the Academy did. Yet another “you had to be there” […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1997 and 1998

Posted by · 6:09 pm · December 7th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Before James Cameron was making $3 billion grossing movies, he was stuck directing $2 billion grossing art films that won tons of Oscars. I remember seeing “Titanic” three times in the theater at the age of 15, trying to get Kelly Adams to make out with […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1995 and 1996

Posted by · 2:34 pm · December 1st, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. I saw “Braveheart” on video and I’m not positive if that was before or after it won Best Picture at the Oscars. Whenever it was, Mel Gibson’s historical epic immediately became this 13 year old’s favorite movie of all time. My second favorite movie of all […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1993 and 1994

Posted by · 4:52 pm · November 23rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1993 was the year I first became interested in making movies and tracking box office. There are two words responsible for both and they rhyme with Yourassic Lark. The director of that beast would also helm our Best Picture winner that year, finally earning the Academy’s […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1991 and 1992

Posted by · 4:48 pm · November 16th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1991 was a banner year for the Academy bucking trends. Of course, “Silence of the Lambs” was the big winner, a first for the horror genre and the first time the winning film was available to own on home video before nominations came out. That it […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1989 and 1990

Posted by · 6:14 pm · November 9th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. We’re almost out of the god-awful 1980’s and into the decade where I came of age. I will say that 1989 brings my very first actual going-to-the-cinema memory, which was seeing “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” I may have gone to the movies before then, but […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1987 and 1988

Posted by · 3:21 pm · November 3rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. So sorry for the hiatus with this column but I took a break last week to focus on the top 10 horror films list and am a day late this week because I was stuck shooting all day yesterday. I’m sure you’ve all been missing it […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 horror films of all time

Posted by · 4:34 pm · October 26th, 2010

It’s Halloween week and since we are a movie site, we are under some kind of unspoken obligation to provide our dear readers with a list to fit the festivities. You may remember a similar list popping up two years ago, in which all current contributors voiced an opinion and the final results represented a […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1985 and 1986

Posted by · 5:29 pm · October 19th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1985 saw “Out of Africa” win the top prize in another instance where I’ve only seen one of the Best Picture nominees. I don’t know what it is about this period, but hardly any of the films jump out as necessary viewing when looking back on […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1983 and 1984

Posted by · 7:01 pm · October 12th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1983 was dominated by James L. Brooks and his sentimental weepie, “Terms of Endearment.” I can’t imagine it deserved the award, but I also have no room to complain since this is one of the few Best Picture fields where the winner is the only title […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1981 and 1982

Posted by · 8:10 pm · October 5th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Can I just take a moment here to publicize that the 1980’s are by far, my least favorite decade in cinema. Despite the great titles that I’ll be spotlighting here and my feelings that it was the best time for blockbuster filmmaking, it’s just a generally […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1979 and 1980

Posted by · 7:00 pm · September 28th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. After I saw “Apocalypse Now,” I thought to myself that it was a much, much better movie than “Kramer vs. Kramer.” A quick glance at the internets revealed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had already determined that “Kramer vs. Kramer” was in […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1977 and 1978

Posted by · 9:58 pm · September 22nd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Hey, that “Star Wars” thing was nominated for Best Picture in 1977. The blockbuster game-changer was beaten by the romantic comedy game-changer “Annie Hall,” in what has to be one of my favorite Best Picture wins ever. It would be 21 years before another comedy won […]

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